Stephen Colbert is leading the charge for the US to enter Eurovision
TV host Stephen Colbert has found out about Eurovision… and he wants the US to enter.
The pan-European camp music contest took place in Stockholm last week, with 42 countries from around Europe and beyond taking part.
The contest is open to all members of the European Broadcasting Union – which extends to ambiguously European countries including Israel and Azerbaijan.
However, the rules have become more lax in recent years, with Australia joining the fun from 2015 onwards and pulling off some great results.
This year, the contest was aired live in the United States for the first time in its 61-year history… and Late Show host Stephen Colbert is amazed to have discovered it exists.
He recapped: Eurovision is a no-holds-barred musical throwdown… the countries are judged on the performance of their signature song.
“This is the biggest media event every year, and for the first time it was broadcast in America.
“I want to congratulate [winner] Jamala of Ukraine and say enjoy it while it lasts, Jamala.
“Let’s face it, the only reason you won Eurovision was because America wasn’t in it!
He joked: “Why can’t we compete? We’re the most European country in the world, we invented the frappuccino and the g-string.
“We eat way more pizza than Italy and we’re this close to electing Mussolini! [Picture of Donald Trump].”
The host then takes to the stage for his very own Eurovision song… and has most points of the contest down.
Back in the real world for a second, the head of Eurovision says that any US entry would be a long way in the future.